IPL 2019: Simon Katich Boasts About Kolkata Knight Riders’ Batting Depth

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IPL 2019: Simon Katich Boasts About Kolkata Knight Riders’ Batting Depth 

IPL 2019: Simon Katich Boasts About Kolkata Knight Riders’ Batting Depth
Simon Katich has hailed Dhoni's role as a leader. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

It’s the strongest batting line-up that has always been a debate among the distinct teams, meanwhile, Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) assistant coach Simon Katich is confident about KKR’s batting line-up. He believes it is their side which rules the roost on such conditions in the IPL 2019.

The former Australian cricketer Katich revealed they’re lucky to have potential players like Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine, who could take bowlers to the cleaners during Powerplay overs.

IPL 2019: KKR batting line-up also relies on power hitters:

Dinesh Karthik, IPL 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders,
Karthik is thinking leader. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

He reiterated skipper Dinesh Karthik and senior campaigner Robin Uthappa have been the guiding force in the Twenty20 competition for the Knight Riders.

“We are blessed with a lot of powerful players like Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, who is good during the Powerplay. There is Robin (Uthappa), Nitish (Rana), DK (Dinesh Karthik), there is Shubman (Gill)…,” Katich told PTI.

Katich who is keen to see such power hitters coming good in the impending edition of IPL, further revealed they will name playing XI on the basis of conditions.

Besides, there’s a major headache for the team management when it comes to the picking of a maximum four foreign recruits in the playing XI. Katich, who seems confident reiterated it has been batting depth of KKR which holds importance.

“It depends on the opposition and where we are playing. In certain games, there will be a possibility that they will play together potentially. But throughout, our batting line up has been our real strength,” Katich said.

Katich’s claim is backed by the statistics in the IPL 2018. Most of the KKR’s batsmen have done the bulk of the job by relying on decent starts to make it among the first 25 players who scored most of the runs in the eleventh edition of the IPL.

“Last year six of our batsmen (Karthik, Lynn, Narine, Uthappa, Russell and Nitish Rana) were inside the top-25 leading run-getters,” Katich recalled.

Apart from it, Knight Riders finished third on the IPL 2018 points table.

Brute force in Carlos Brathwaite apt for KKR’s batting line-up:

Carlos Braithwaite, IPL 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders,
Carlos Braithwaite has been part of the Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

The 43-year-old Katich is in awe of burly Carlos Brathwaite. He added Brathwaite’s inclusion brings a lot to the Knight Riders’ table.

The exciting all-rounder from Windies was bought in INR 5 crore to join his national teammate Andre Russell. With his T20 average not up to the mark, Braithwaite is a brute force with the strike-rate of 145.04.

“The big fella here got potentially one of the best strike rates in World T20. So in terms of our batting, it’s the strongest in the competition,” Katich inferred.

As the IPL will kick-off on March 23 in Chennai, KKR will take on visiting Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on March 24 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

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